The 5 Commonly Thought But Dead Wrong Survival Tips

The 5 Commonly Thought But Dead Wrong Survival Tips

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The 5 Commonly Thought But Dead Wrong Survival Tips

UPDATED on June 25, 2020

In this article, I will cover some wrong survival tips you probably have heard. These survival tips are wrong, so they are myths. I will correct these myths so you only have the correct information. Enjoy!

1. Wrong Survival Tip: Ration Water

Myth: 

If you are lost and have limited water supply, ration the water and stretch it for as long as possible.

Truth:

The truth is that people have died with water still in their canteens. Do not gulp all the water you have out of panic. Instead, feel free to drink water whenever you need it, your body’s mechanism of getting your mouth dry is a good indication of when is a good time to drink water.

Your body will know the correct time to ingest water, and how much you need. 

Here is a little trick, if you feel thirsty, it is mostly your mouth, so I recommend you gargle the water for 30 seconds, and you will feel fully hydrated.

If the water runs out before you get help, you have up to 3 days of survival, before incapacitation. By staying hydrated at the beginning, you have a lower chance of getting dehydration. Rationing water will speed up your chances of dehydration.

2. Wrong Survival Tip: Go Back To Where You Came From Before Dark

Myth:

The second you realize you are lost, turn around and go back to where you came from before dark.

survival tip go back to where you came from before dark

Truth:

If you are not entirely sure of the way back, don’t try. Sit down, calm down, and THINK. If you have ABSOLUTELY no idea where you are, gather wood, and start a fire.

 You also want to build some shelter to minimize the amount of your body heat escaping, and to shield yourself from bad weather.

Once when you wake up, you will be able to think clearer.

3. Wrong Survival Tip: Batoning is good

Myth:

Batoning is necessary to start a fire.

survival tip on Batoning

Truth:

Batoning will or will eventually result in BROKEN KNIVES. Batoning is also not necessary to start a fire, even if the outside of the wood is damp. The wood is fine without batoning, so just don’t do it.

survival tip batoning and Broken Knife

4. Wrong Survival Tip: Suck Out The Blood Where You Got A Snake Bite

Myth:

When bitten by a snake, attempt to suck out as much snake venom as you can. If you have a tourniquet, use it.

survival tips on Snake Bites

Truth:

The snake venom can’t be absorbed by the bloodstream immediately. 

Your lymphatic system will absorb it. The lymphatic system is connected to the heart, so if you suspect the snake venom is poisonous, here’s what you do. 

Call 911, meanwhile, don’t move the part of the body the bite inflicted. Apply a bandage with your first aid kit. Then, use an elastic roller to wrap firmly around the whole limb(up to the groins for leg, and up to the armpit for the arms).

At this point in time, the ambulance should be on its way, and you will receive the antidote, with splints. 

5. Wrong Survival Tip: Drink Urine For The Purpose of Survival

Myth:

Drink your urine if your canteen is empty.

Truth:

Urine is filled with discarded waste products, along with a near-fatal amount of sodium. Doing this will increase your rate of dehydration. 

Instead, any non-poisonous plant (leaves/petals/evergreen needles) or rivers will do just fine for basic hydration. 

If those are not around your vicinity, than you will have to purify your urine before drinking it, with some basic nature filters shown in this image.

survival tip water filter

Conclusion

These are my survival tips. In this article, I covered the fact that you should not ration water, go back to where you came from before dark, baton, suck out the blood where you got the snake bite, or drink urine.

I hope you learned something useful in this article. Thank you very much for your time and have a wonderful day!